Farm2Fork, Green & Digital Transition, Thessaly future: only in AgriBusiness Forum series 2021

In the era of innovation, digitization and digital transformation, AgriBusiness Forum rolls-out 2 pivotal hybrid events for businesses, financial services, innovative farmers, policy makers, research and academia, fostering to address agrifood & environmental challenges in Greece and beyond.

a) The 4th international AgriBusiness Forum, in Athens-Greece, 6-7/10/2021 highlights “Food & Farming systems’ green and digital transition, The evolution of Farm2Fork & One-Health strategies”; featuring 9 content driven sessions, 45 focal areas and 50 speakers(see ABF2021 website).

b) The AgriBusiness Thessaly Summit, in Trikala-Greece, 19-20/11/2021 highlights “The future of Thessaly Plain in the digital era”; featuring 7 content driven sessions, 35 focal areas and 40 speakersand a field visit program (see ABS2021 website)

Either conferences are Covid-Free, will be held with the physical participation of the panelists and accredited audience, sessions will be broadcasted in real-time, while partners and sponsors will be provided range of on/offline privileges & outreach opportunities, ex. exhibit space, print & digital publicity, virtual booth, bulk invitations for customers’ relations and many more.

Being Farm2Fork leading stage in knowledge & networking, AgriBusiness Forum gathers businesses (45%), farmers (20%), sciences (20%) and policy makers (5%); and reveals factors influencing agrifood supply chains, such as Green Deal, climate change, food safety & security, precision agriculture, artificial-intelligence, financial-insurance-advisory instruments, FLW management, logistics-transport-mobility, new technologies, green-energy, traceability, IoT etc.


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AgriBusiness Thessaly Summit 2021 (pre-announcement)

AgriBusiness Forum | Thessaly summit is held on 19-20/11/2021 in Trikala-Greece highlighting “The Future of Thessaly plain in the digital era”. It will be spanning across 7 high caliber sessions, 35 focal areas and 40 renowned speakers. The conference will be held with the physical participation of the speakers and accredited audience representing leading businesses, financial services, innovative farmers, policy makers, research and academia.

The programme

Friday, 19/11/2021

  • Chapter-1: CAP 2021-2027, EU Recovery Fund, “Green Deal”, Climate Change & adaptation
  • Chapter-2:  Tool-kit for efficient agribusiness: financial services, insurance and advisory instruments
  • Chapter-3: The future of large-scale agriculture: precision farming addresses profitability and yield management
  • Chapter-4: Energy & Water resources: rivers’ supplies, reservoirs, energy & water power technologies
  • Chapter-5: Livestock & Fisheries: sheep & goat farming, cheese sector, goats & cattle for food and dairy, aquaculture farm industry

Saturday, 20/11/2021

  • Chapter-6: Plant transformation & hort-innovation: hydroponics crops under-coverage. Exploring greenhouses’ emerging opportunities
  • Chapter-7: Model agriculture under the synergies of Farmers-Businesses-Research/Academia.  Advanced cooperatives’ future face
  • Field visit experience in local agricultural facility
Agenda is subject to Chapters’ reordering, rephrasing, modifications

Dutch Embassy Athens webinar 1/7/2021: Opportunities for Dutch entrepreneurs in the Greek horticultural sector

The horticultural sector in Greece is about to embark on a major modernization process. While the economic crisis, followed by Corona, halted investments in greenhouse production of vegetables in recent years, the export of those vegetables from Greece to the Netherlands increased. In the same period, we saw a strong increase in production volumes in the fruit segment. As a result of the current favorable political-economic climate, Greek horticultural entrepreneurs are expected to invest heavily in further modernization in the coming years. This offers great opportunities for the Dutch horticulture business community.

Curious about what this can mean for you? Then keep July 1st, from 13:00-14:00 (14:00-15:00 Greek time) free in your agenda. We will then organize the webinar “Opportunities for Greek- Dutch partnerships to modernize the horticulture sector in Greece”. During the webinar it will become clear where your opportunities lie in this upcoming modernization. The webinar is the result of an extensive sector study that was carried out on behalf of the Dutch Embassy in Athens.


Why this webinar?

Since last year, overall fruit and vegetable exports from Greece have risen sharply, and this trend is expected to continue. Important sales markets for vegetables are in particular Germany, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania, while Egypt is a growth market for Greek fruit. The Netherlands is an important buyer of Greek berry growers, especially their strawberries and blueberries.

However, the productivity of Greek horticulture is still far behind that of the Netherlands. This now seems to be changing. Greek producers are increasingly investing in high-tech greenhouses and technology, often of Dutch origin. Due to the changing markets these producers understand better than anyone that they need to modernize in order to meet the high standards of the retail market

– both at home and abroad. This leads to an increasing demand for digital applications and technology. This demand is being stimulated by EU and Greek incentive funds to further promote sustainable horticulture production.


For which entrepreneurs is this interesting?

The webinar takes a closer look at where exactly the opportunities lie for Dutch entrepreneurs. These are found in the provision of integrated solutions for increasing production in the greenhouse (vegetables) and starting material and adding value on the land (fruit). This will go hand in hand with a need for technological knowledge and research, which offers opportunities for Dutch consultants and knowledge instiutes.




H.E. Mr. Spilios Livanos, Minister of Rural Development and Food, Greece

Mr. Maurits ter Kuile, Charge d’Affairs, Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands, Greece Mr. Pieter Helfferich, Abribusiness Consultant, Agriprogress Nederland

The webinar starts with a brief background of the study. We then present findings on Greek-Dutch trade flows and Greek horticulture production. From there, opportunities for potential Dutch-Greek business partnerships are shared, and we look at recommendations to Greek producers, government agencies and knowledge institutes to realize their planned modernization. From this context, we zoom in on possibilities that are now available for both Dutch and Greek entrepreneurs, and on the facilitating role that the Dutch Embassy can play. Finally, as a real-life example, we look at the various fields of expertise of a group of Dutch companies that have indicated to want to take the step towards the Greek horticultural sector.


Participation and costs

The webinar will take place on Thursday July 1st , from 13:00-14:00 (14:00-15:00 Greek time). Participation is free. The language of the webinar is English.

Sign up by e-mail via the following link: click here



The organization of the webinar is in the hands of the Dutch Embassy in Athens, in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food.


Want to know more?

If you have any questions about this webinar, please contact:

Rannia Savvaki, Senior Economic Policy Officer

Economic Department of the Dutch Embassy in Athens

AgriBusiness Forum 2021 official announcement – registrations now open

It is with pleasure to announce that AgriBusiness Forum 2021 website is on air and that registrations are now open.

AgriBusiness Forum 4th international edition is held in Athens-Greece, on 6-7/10/2021 highlighting “Food & Farming systems’ green and digital transition, The evolution of Farm2Fork & One-Health strategies”; including 9 content driven sessions, 45 focal areas, 50 speakers from Greece and the world and will be held with the physical participation of the panelists and accredited audience from leading businesses, financial services, farmers, policy makers, research and academia.


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Besides physical participation, the 2 days conference is also offered online (with reduced registration fees), providing audiences the opportunity to not missing anything from sessions’ dialogues and debates throughout AgriBusiness Forum 2021. Limited number for physical registrations is only available. You may register below:



Top 3 Reasons Why You should join:

1) Inspiring Speakers: From EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Wojciechowski, UN WOMEN Director for Europe and Central Asia Ms. Alia El Yasir, to C & B-level Executives, renowned academics and innovative entrepreneurs -who are changing the norms- you’ll hear voices towards advancing Food & Farming systems’ green and digital transition. See all speakers.

2) Insightful Sessions: Over the course of these days, through live plenary panels, fireside discussions and keynote speakers, you will learn about Farm2Fork, One-Health, Green Deal strategies, also about agrifood next in primary production, processing, financing, trading, green-energy, transport, digital, retailing and education. View all sessions here.

3) Great Networking: Meet in person and network with over 300 agrifood business-policy-academic leaders in sessions’ breakouts. Online, make statements, post questions and interact with businesses in the virtual sponsors’ lounge.


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AgriBusiness Forum is bridging sciences-business-farming sectors; being markets’ leading gathering for businesses, financial services, innovative farmers, policy makers, research and academia. To address agrifood & environmental challenges, ABF is committed to advancing knowledge for the digitization & digital transformation of the agrifood value chain from seed to fork; and pivotal platform at boosting innovation and integrating partnerships towards viable, sustainable, traceable and resilient agricultural systems in Greece and beyond.


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AgriBusiness Forum forthcoming events 2021-2022

1st Regional Summit

Thessaly, November 2021

AgriFood Traction Tour

Netherlands, August 2022

5th International AgriBusiness Forum

Athens, October 2022


Looking forward to welcoming you aboard AgriBusiness Forum 2021,


Christina Mangou

VP Comm. & External Relations

AgriBusiness Forum

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2021: new era, new premises to Geo Routes Institute NPO



It’s with pleasure to inform you that effective 15/12/2020 Geo Routes Institute NPO and Gnomon Performance have moved to new premises.

New address is Vasileos Irakliou 8 str. Athens 10682 GR.

This address is also home to AgriBusiness Forum, Balkans & Black Sea Forum, Gnomon Events & Destination Management and G-Live Entertainment.

In a new, modern and fresh environment located next to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, our team, customers and friends will have the opportunity reaching ultimate results with flair and creativity.

Phone numbers and e-mail accounts remain unchanged (see below).

On this occasion we would like to wish you, your family and your beloved Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Warm regards

Giannis Balakakis

Contact details:

Tel: +30 2102845980 – Fax: + 30 2102845983

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Act, Engage, Empower: time to invest in Women


Dear Business Partners and Friends,

It’s almost 4 years that UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) is official partner to the Balkans & Black Sea Forum and AgriBusiness Forum, part of Geo Routes Institute.

Since then, our spectrum of activities in Greece and beyond is constantly endorsing, enhancing and highlighting the value of women in the workplace, marketplace and community. By adopting the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) you are not only investing in gender equality, inclusion and anti-racism, but mainly, you are investing in your business as deems obvious for your customers, workers, investors and shareholders.

Joining the WEPs is completely free and needs less than 5 mins from your time. Furthermore the CEO signals commitment at the highest levels that his/her organization (business, chamber, association or else) demonstrates a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

You are kindly invited joining the WEPs and be part of the global WEPs Ally which currently counts more than 3,600 signatories. As WEPs Sponsor/Referral we would appreciate using the 3rd option: Balkans & Black Sea Forum (BBSF).

What your journey across WEPs community?

  • Leading by example and promoting gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.
  • Encouraging your networks to sign the WEPs.
  • Promote your organization:
  1. Create your company profile page
  2. Communicate your commitment
  3. Take the gender Gap Analysis Tool
  4. Share WEPs logo on your website


Looking forward to your participation


Giannis Balakakis

President, Geo Routes Institute NPO

Chair, Balkans & Black Sea Forum

The final CAPdown: 5 things you need to know

The pitched battle for the fate of the next EU farming subsidies programme is set to play out next week. Here’s your quick survival guide to the final CAPdown. The post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has reached a turning point, although perhaps this isn’t so obvious at first glance. Positions among different lawmakers are still far apart, while lobbyists and NGOs are stepping up their efforts in a last-ditch attempt to have their voices heard.

While committees in the European Parliament still aren’t talking to each other, conversations between key players can only be held virtually as some of them are self-quarantined and press meetings are also held online. Phones are ringing off the hook and inboxes are full as they are now the only way to get in touch with people involved in the process.

Let’s start with the basics. Why it is said that we are in the middle of the final countdown to CAP – or CAPdown, for the punsters? In 2018, the European Commission put forward its post-2020 CAP proposal. The European Parliament and the EU Council, both then have to sign off on the same amended text to that proposal. To do this, they both meet together with the Commission in hush-hush sit-downs known as ‘trilogues’ in EU-speak. There, they start negotiating on a common final text.

But to kick off discussions, the negotiators – Parliament’s rapporteurs on the file plus a minister of the rotating EU presidency – need a mandate from the institution they represent to negotiate on their behalf.

Two key things happen next week: one is a gathering of farming ministers and, the other is a plenary session at the Parliament. Both occasions are important opportunities to get the required mandates approved and negotiations rolling. So, here are five things to know in the run-up to what could potentially be a crossroad for the next CAP:


  1. Anything could happen in the European Parliament. The role of the Parliament’s committees is to do a sort of ‘screening’ of the different proposals and bring some compromise amendments to the plenary. This time, individual amendments are being presented and will be voted, after a clash between the agriculture (AGRI) and the environment (ENVI) committees. However, this time an agreement among the three largest parties in the European Parliament, the Christian-democrats (EPP), socialists (S&D) and liberals (Renew Europe), has been struck. Although the parties are fairly confident they will have enough hands to move things along, there might be some tricks on the voting lists, so nothing is set in stone just yet.
  2. Ministers don’t seem ready. Parliament’s insiders still believe that after the vote, the trilogue could start immediately in November. However, political discussions on the other side are still ongoing and it remains highly unlikely that a mandate for the German presidency could be agreed next week.
  3. Different sticking points. If the outstanding issue at the Council is the green architecture of the CAP and particularly the eco-scheme, the struggle at the Parliament is also on how to enshrine – or not enshrine – the sustainable targets set in the EU’s new food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy, in the CAP.
  4. NGOs are quite upset. Well, environmental groups are always kind of upset, but this time they’ve called the agreement between the three largest Parliament’s parties a “stinking deal”.
  5. Remote vote. The showdown is not going to be in Strasbourg, where most of the Parliament’s plenaries are set, but not in Brussels either. The entire session will instead be held ‘remotely’ due to the increased risk of coronavirus. This makes it the first huge piece of EU legislation to be voted entirely remotely, which could soon be the new normal for the next few months.

And here’s the last thing you need to know. Although we might be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, whatever happens, we are not at the end of this process just yet. We’re merely at the halfway point. Trilogues still need to be done and negotiations could last a long time – last time they took 18 months, with a grand total of 56 meetings. At the same time, lawmakers need to get cracking and pick up the pace, as time is running out and the risk is increasing that the EU farming subsidies will not continue to flow at the end of the transitional period.

Source: EURACTIV, Gerardo Fortuna and Natasha Foote

UN international day of Rural Women (15/10)

Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19


Women and girls are disadvantaged in this pandemic, a problem aggravated in rural areas. Rural women, with a crucial role in agriculture, food security and nutrition, already face struggles in their daily lives. Now, since COVID-19 and their unique health needs in remote areas, they are less likely to have access to quality health services, essential medicines, and vaccines. Restrictive social norms and gender stereotypes can also limit rural women’s ability to access health services. Furthermore, a lot of rural women suffer from isolation, as well as the spread of misinformation, and a lack of access to critical technologies to improve their work and personal life.

Despite all of that, rural women have been at the front lines of responding to the pandemic even as their unpaid care and domestic work increased under lockdowns.

We need measures to alleviate the care burden and better redistribute it between women and men, and between families and public/commercial services, espcially in the most marginalized remote villages . We need to advocate for sufficient infrastructre and services (water, health, electricity, etc.) to support women’s productive and unpaid care and domestic work, which is exacerbated by the crisis.

The pandemic has also heightened the vulnerability of rural women’s rights to land and resources. Discriminatory gender norms and practices impede women’s exercise of land and property rights in most countries and COVID-19 widows risk disinheritance. Women’s land tenure security is also threatened as unemployed migrants return to rural communities, increasing pressure on land and resources and exacerbating gender gaps in agriculture and food security.

Gender-responsive investments in rural areas have never been more critical.

The theme for this International Day of Rural Women is “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19,” to create awareness of these women’s struggles, their needs, and their critical and key role in our society.

The Invaluable Contribution of Rural Women to Development

The crucial role that women and girls play in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, has been increasingly recognized. Women account for a substantial proportion of the agricultural labour force, including informal work, and perform the bulk of unpaid care and domestic work within families and households in rural areas. They make significant contributions to agricultural production, food security and nutrition, land and natural resource management, and building climate resilience.

Even so, women and girls in rural areas suffer disproportionately from multi-dimensional poverty. While extreme poverty has declined globally, the world’s 1 billion people, who continue to live in unacceptable conditions of poverty, are heavily concentrated in rural areas. Poverty rates in rural areas across most regions are higher than those in urban areas. Yet smallholder agriculture produces nearly 80% of food in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and supports the livelihoods of some 2.5 billion people. Women farmers may be as productive and enterprising as their male counterparts but are less able to access land, credit, agricultural inputs, markets, and high-value agrifood chains and obtain lower prices for their crops.

Structural barriers and discriminatory social norms continue to constrain women’s decision-making power and political participation in rural households and communities. Women and girls in rural areas lack equal access to productive resources and assets, public services, such as education and health care, and infrastructure, including water and sanitation, while much of their labour remains invisible and unpaid, even as their workloads become increasingly heavy due to the out-migration of men. Globally, with few exceptions, every gender and development indicator for which data are available reveals that rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women and that they disproportionately experience poverty, exclusion, and the effects of climate change.

Source: United Nations

One more pivotal year of key-outcomes and broad participation to the AgriBusiness Forum 2020

AgriBusiness Forum 3rd international edition that was held in Athens on 7 October 2020, highlighting “Food Safety, Security & Resilience: pressing challenges in the COVID-19 era and beyond”, has recorded outstanding success in terms of renowned speakers, high-caliber topics, and furthermore to the extensive number of attendants joined and watched online the real time flow of the conference.

AgriBusiness Forum 2020 success is thanks to its 30 renowned speakers flourished the panels, its 5 high-caliber and content driven sessions, also because of the extensive number of attendants that joined and watched online the real time flow of the conference.

In 2020, AgriBusiness Forum proved its mission being to advancing knowledge for the digitization & digital transformation of the agrifood value chain from seed to fork; and key platform at boosting innovation, integrating partnerships and cross-sectoral cooperation for the future of the production, processing and distribution for safe & value-added products in the digital era.

In 2020, AgriBusiness Forum online module was offered complimentary to the public. Its 10hrs real time flow has been watched by 995 participants, of which 864 in Greek and 131 in English. Audience was consisted of businesses (40,5%), farmers (23,6%), institutions (10,7%), academia (17,1%) and public sector (8,1%).

From left: Mr. Harry Theocharis, Minister of Tourism, Mr. Giannis Balakakis, Chair AgriBusiness Forum, Ms. Stella Ronner-Grubačić, Ambassador of The Netherlands, Mr. Makis Voridis, Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development.

Special thanks to ABF2020 sponsors, namely the companies INTERAMERICAN, ATHENIAN BREWERY (lead sponsors), ALPHA BANK, KARCHER, IFCO, NEKTAR, GNOMON EVENTS, Dipnosofistirio catering, NATU bar-restaurant; and its selected media sponsors, ECONOMIA PUBLISHING, AGROVOICE and AGRONEA.

AgriBusiness Forum 2021 programme features number of cutting-edge networking and learning events in Greece & abroad: (a) the 4th International AgriBusiness Forum in Athens in early November, (b) a regional AgriBusiness Forum in Thessaly in late June, (c) the AgriFood Traction Tour to the Netherlands in late August, (d) an agritourism summit, and (e) masterclasses on entrepreneurship and challenge on innovation.


Christina Mangou

Head Communications, AgriBusiness Forum

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AgriBusiness Forum 2020 online edition, complimentary to limited number of partners & followers

AgriBusiness Forum 3rd international edition to be held in Athens-Greece on 7 October 2020 under the topic “Food Safety, Security & Resilience: pressing challenges in the COVID-19 era and beyond” in 2020 will be also offered complimentary to a limited number of partners & followers.

Online attendance is subject to pre-registration through AgriBusiness Forum official website (clicking at REGISTER button). After assessment, applicants will be informed by e-mail and will be provided a link allowing access to AgriBusiness Forum 2020 online edition.






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